The beauty industry is always growing. New trends and new opportunities are growing in Louisiana that make it a great time to consider a career in makeup artistry. Louisiana is one of the only states that offer separate licenses for makeup artists, so it has some great schools and training programs to start you on your way.

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How Long Does School Take To Get A Makeup Permit in Louisiana?

A licensed makeup program includes 40 hours in makeup training including safety and sanitation, corrective makeup and the recognition of facial shapes, among other things. Check online to see the list of Board approved schools. If you want to get into theatrical makeup training though, you will require a lot more hours and may want to go to California, New York, or another state with a strong film, TV, or theatre presence.

Your Makeup Artist License or Permit in LA

Louisiana offers a permit, rather than a license, to practice makeup artistry.

You’ll need to take your written exam, and prove your practical hours. Keep a record of your studies and you will be able to apply for your makeup artistry permit.
You may also apply for your makeup artist permit alongside your cosmetology license an esthetician license. Permits must be renewed every year by your birth month. No continuing education is required though by all means get extra training to expand your skill set.

Info For Out-Of-State MUAs Moving To LA

Because Louisiana is one of the only states that has a separate permit for a makeup artist, you may find it difficult to obtain license reciprocity.

However, if you have a currently active cosmetologist or esthetician license, you may qualify for reciprocity.

Check with the Louisiana state board to see whether you qualify for a transfer, depending on your home state license requirements.

Makeup Employment in LA

There are plenty of makeup artists in Louisiana building a rewarding career with good salary by working in salons and spas, and Louisiana’s entertainment industry.

There are many ways to build your career once you’ve been granted your permit. You can expand your knowledge pursing a full cosmetology or skin care specialist degree, or you can work toward salon management. Or you could choose to build your career on stages or even the film world. It all begins with the right job.

Some Makeup Schools in Louisiana

Film Makeup Academy – 1401 Killdeer St, New Orleans, LA 70122

Vanguard College of Cosmetology – 12158 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Aveda Institute Covington – 1355 Polders Lane, Covington, LA 70433

Blue Cliff College – 1505 Metro Dr, Alexandria, LA 71301

Guy’s Academy – 1141 Shreveport Barksdale Highway, Shreveport, Louisiana 71105

Cosmetology Training Center – 5520 Johnston St., Suite H2, Lafayette, LA 70503

Stage One The Hair School – 209 West College Street, Lake Charles, LA 70605

John Jay Beauty College – 2844 Tennessee Avenue, Kenner, LA 70062

Louisiana Academy of Beauty – 550 East Laurel Avenue, Eunice, LA 70535

Other Louisiana schools for barbers, estheticians, cosmetologists and nail techs.

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